Edited by Rosemary M. Magee
"At interviews," Flannery O'Connor wrote to her friend Cecil Dawkins, "I always feel like a dry cow being milked. There is no telling what they will get out of you. . . . If you do manage to say anything that makes sense, they put down the opposite." Such anxieties might lead to the conclusion that O'Connor's interviews add little to an understanding of her fiction and her character. But the interviews themselves--both as separate entities and even more as a collection--indicate otherwise. There are about a dozen formal interviews and an assortment of other articles based on conversations published in an unusual array of periodicals. Characterized by terse, but careful and thoughtful replies, they exhibit remarkable consistency and coherency with O'Connor's other published works. At the same time they reveal new aspects of this complex southern writer.